It is the Hindu New Year (Sarvadhari), with the onset of Chaitra (Chittirai) Masam in March/April according to Hindu Panchanga (calendar). It falls on different dates and its called different names in different regions of India, so for everyone, we wish a Happy Hindu New Year!
Since the Vedic calendar also influenced Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bali etc ‘s traditions and calendar, we also extend our best New Year wishes to all people of South East Asia!
April also sees Ugadi, so special Greetings to people of Andhra P. and Karnataka! Also to Maharashtrans, where the festival is called Gudi Padwa.
On Ugadi day, people decorate their houses with mango leaves, jasmine flowers and rangoli designs, they pray for a prosperous new year and visit the temple to listen to the new calendar – Panchangasravanam, as priests make predictions for the coming year.
Ugaadi is also an auspicious day to embark on any new endeavour, so let’s get started!
For Tamils the special day Putthanu is the 13th, and the day starts with viewing the kanni (auspicious light and sights) at dawn, so that it will bring good fortune in the new year. Auspicious sights include gold/silver jewellery, betel leaves, nuts, fruits/vegetables, flowers, raw rice and coconuts. This is followed by the ritual bath, new clothes and a visit to the temple to pray and read the Panchangam.
The ladies adorn the entrances of their houses with kolam (rangoli) using rice flour, and deck the doorway with mango leaves. A decorated lamp called a kuthuvillakku is placed in the centre of the colorful Kolam to bring light to the house.
The highlight of the observance is Manga Pachadi, made from raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers, which is at the same time sweet, sour and bitter, signifying all the different aspects of our life.
Read Some More
- Ugadi 2008
- More on Ugadi and Ugadi foods
- Sailu has a recipe for Ugadi Pachadi (chutney) and another one here for 2008.
- tunneling thru’ has a wonderful description of how she spent the day, and a recipe to boot.
- Neivedyam has a plethora of Ugadi recipes
- Tastes from My Kitchen has a nice explanation of the six tastes included in the Ugadi Pachadi.
- My Feasts has a great Gulab Jamun recipe and a tale of her mom’s 17 curries at New Year.
- Ranji’s Kitchen has a recipe for Hittu, a special idli, wrapped in jackfruit leaves.
- Mahanandi has a beautiful Ugadi sketch.
Do you have a Ugadi or Putthanu post – about the festival or the food? Let me know and I will add it.